We played a little catch up this past Wednesday with a featured reteach of Johanna Barnes’ choreography “Brokenhearted” and a popular local favorite “Better When I’m Dancin’, Baby” by Gitte Stehr. Reviews of last week’s lessons by Robert DeLong and Bill Belejack included “Let It Swing” by Jamie Barnfield and “Run” by Raymond Sarlemijn & Darren Bailey.
When One Dance Ends, the Next One Begins
Dear Friends and Family, I was really hoping for the opportunity to say this in person before it got out on the internet. Just didn’t know it would come around so fast. The dance floor at the Loop will soon no longer be our home. In 2008 I met Dan Hurley at a party the […]
Dwight Yoakam’s Second Hand Heart Album Release Party
Dwight Yoakam released his 15th album on 4/14/15. With that, we held an album release party at Illusions Dance Club in Wolcott, CT that featured every track on his album getting play for the dance floor. Listening to the album, it is quite a classic Dwight sound. If you are fond of his edgy country […]
STM Line Dancing
Line Dancing is a great form of exercise, is good for the memory and a fun way to be social. Our classes range anywhere from Absolute Beginner to the Intermediate level and are completely based around the fun and social aspects. Check out any of our locations for classes and dance events. Check out our […]
The New England Western Dance Association held a dance in the Victorian Room at Thomaston Lanes on Friday the 13th in Thomaston, CT. Aaron DeMarest of Pryme Tyme Entertainment provided the music. William Belejack was the dance instructor. “Bible Belt Boogie” was the selected lesson of the evening. The dance sheet can be found here […]
Country Night Returns To Middletown, CT
On Sunday 2/22, DJ Aric will be bringing country night back to Middletown. Doors open at 5pm for country music variety and dancing. Line dance and partner pattern lessons are provided at 5:30. This show is set to take place every 4th Sunday at the Canoe Club (upstairs) on Harbor Dr in Middletown. Full bar […]
Wednesday night featured a reteach of Frank Trace’s “Emergency” and an introduction of French Pop music with “Sexy Night” by . “Sexy Night” is currently one of the more popular dances this year at the larger events.
From last week, “Big Blue Tree” (Ria Vos) was reviewed and is currently holding the #2 spot for beginner dances on Line Dancer as well as a top ten spot overall and is #8 on this week’s World Line Dance Newsletter.
We had a lot of fun with tonight’s selection of dancing. Bringing in alternative tracks for Dancin’ Feet, some hot dances like Sugar Honey I T and of course knocking out a few old school classics that just won’t go away.
Great bit of reviews were in place as well; American Kids & So Just Dance Dance Dance !
We’ll be sure to see these in next week’s rotation as well as plenty more hot music and dances.
Ah, it is nice to get back into teaching line dance classes on a regular basis! We had some new students tonight that needed to get caught up with some of the popular dances in the area. So with that and something for the seasoned dancers, here are the features from tonight:
Regular Wednesday night line dancing classes start at 6pm. The first hour is geared towards beginners with some experience. 7pm is a more social level up to low intermediate. After all the lessons, open dance follows. $7 covers the whole evening.
Following up on last week’s class, the MAE group expanded on the rumba box. Taking it a step further, the featured dance was “All About That Bass” by Gail Dawson. The vine was already learned in previous dancing which left the toe struts as new to the newly acquired students.
With the additional time at the end of class, Mamma Maria by Frank Trace was added. The step learned for the class was the Charleston.
We are underway with round 2 of the Middletown Adult Education Introductory Line Dance Session.
This time around welcomes new students as well as some from the previous class. The focus is to serve two purposes: bring new dance steps to new students (which will reinforce these steps from the previous class) and bring new steps to all. By teaching them what the patterns are called, they will recognize verbal commands down the road for easier teaching.
This class’ featured dances:
And It Goes Like This
As the introductory line dance classes start wrapping up in Middletown, we had a little fun during this past one. Taking all the dance patterns we know, we randomly selected (primarily 4 count) moves from a bucket and put them together to create a new dance. The purpose of the exercise was to solidify the ability to understand and perform short hand instructions. Examples would be “Vine right” or “Walk with a kick” and the students would be able to perform them to the music w/o broken down instruction. Out of 16 possible dance patterns, 8 were selected and put together to create a dance called “Dancing Car”. The name itself was created from Adjectives, Action Verbs and Nouns randomly pulled from class suggestions. The song was described only by genre and decade from a collection of songs that could potentially work interchangeably. AC/DC’s “Money Talks” won the blind bracket election.
Class 3 of 8
To date the Middletown Adult Education Line Dancing Class for Beginners has picked up 5 dances in just 3 sessions!
The class is doing very well with the theory of learning new steps, then it is just a matter of putting them in the right order.
Dear Friends and Family,
I was really hoping for the opportunity to say this in person before it got out on the internet. Just didn’t know it would come around so fast. The dance floor at the Loop will soon no longer be our home.
In 2008 I met Dan Hurley at a party the day after my departure from the Cadillac Ranch. That night he invited me to come to his little place called Celebrations Unlimited in an industrial park in Plainville. The following week, I was introduced to a small band of dancers that had recently lost their dance instructor and friend, Chris Haddock.
It started off as a DJing gig, just spinning what ever songs those few dancers wanted played. After a few weeks, they asked me to teach them some dances I knew and so it began… or maybe was revived. A group (that more resembles a family) oriented to dancing and a new career for a DJ as an instructor.
Anyway, it happened and our little group of less than ten dancers grew. We taught each other dance and told our friends about it. Before too long the group grew with friends from other dance groups.
We went threw three owners and name changes together. To this day, the dancers and that dance floor were the longest lasting things in that room.
December 30th will be our last Wednesday at the Loop.
And as we know: When one dance ends, the next one begins…
Myself, Sheryl and some of our very close dance friends have started the process of locating a new dance floor in the Plainville area to call home. We may settle with an interim location as we search for something permanent. And of course, we don’t want to settle for OK in the end. We want good, great or better.
We encourage everyone to come on out for the last few Wednesdays with us and do what we all love to do within each other’s company… dance!
If I have not expressed this enough, I will put it in writing now:
I love what all of us have done for each other. Every memory, dance, laugh and hug. We have gone through so much together and it is what we can all take with us to anywhere the dance leads. Let us celebrate these last few weeks as we prepare for our next step. As sad as this is, it is quite exciting as well.
Thank you all for being family.
See you on the floor,
Aric, Sheryl, Chris, Dan & Meghan,
STM, Celebrations Unlimited & Rockwells